French: Colibri d’Abeillé German: Smaragdkehlkolibri Spanish: Colibrí de Abeillé
Lesson and DeLattre, 1839,
Validity of race aurea has been questioned. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. abeillei
(Lesson & DeLattre, 1839) – SE Mexico (from N Oaxaca) to Guatemala, El Salvador and NW Honduras.
A. a. aurea
A. H. Miller & Griscom, 1925 – S Honduras and N Nicaragua.
7–7·5 cm; 2·7 g. Male has short straight black bill; back metallic bronze-green; broad white postocular spot; chin and upper throat shining emerald green... read more
Song a repeated thin, high-pitched phrase comprising 3–8 notes, e.g. “tsee-tsee-tsew....tsee-tsee-... read more
Occurs in open understorey of higher tropical to cloudforest. Forages very low above ground.... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of flowering Rubiaceae, Verbenaceae, Oenotheraceae. Feeds on insects by hawking. Male defends nectar-rich flower stands.
Feb–Mar. Deep, cup-shaped nest constructed of soft plant fibre and cobweb on vertical shoots at 2–3 m. No further data... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common resident on the Atlantic and Pacific slopes. Appears to have declined locally in N Oaxaca, Mexico, due to habitat destruction by... read more
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